Best of 1940s
67 7.7 6.91. The 7th Victim (1943)
305 7.9 82. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Director: Jean Cocteau
Cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Michel Auclair
Story: A merchant picks up a rose for his daughter Belle, and the castle's owner appears. He is a monster, half-human, half-beast, and possesses magic powers. He sentences the merchant to death, unless he gives up one of his daughters. Belle sacrifices herself for her father and goes to the castle, discovering that the Beast is not so wild and inhuman as he seems.
867 8.4 8.43. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
348 7.8 8.14. Brief Encounter (1945)
305 7.5 7.55. Cat People (1942)
214 8.3 8.16. Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
Cast: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir
Story: This tragic tale centers around the ill-fated love between Baptiste, a theater mime, and Claire Reine, an actress and otherwise woman-about-town who calls herself Garance. Garance, in turn, is loved by three other men: Frederick, a pretentious actor; Lacenaire, a conniving thief; and Count Eduard of Monteray.
2044 8.1 8.57. Citizen Kane (1941)
1096 8.3 8.58. The Great Dictator (1940)
184 8 7.79. Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 (1944)
Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Cast: Nikolai Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov
Story: During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.
251 7.7 7.910. Key Largo (1948)
343 7.8 8.111. Laura (1944)
235 8 7.912. Mildred Pierce (1945)
595 7.9 813. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
350 8.2 8.114. The Red Shoes (1948)
Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Cast: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Austin Trevor
Story: A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
795 8.2 8.415. The Third Man (1949)
Directors: Carol Reed
Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard
Story: Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime.
Odd Man Out (1947)
284 8.1 8.116. White Heat (1949)
Directors: Raoul Walsh
Cast: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly
Story: A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn.
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